Brisbane has become Australia's unlikely new capital of cool hotels.
The Whitsundays are back in action and better than ever.
I spy my first giant clam, sitting on the sea bed not far below, looking like a big clutch purse with fuzzy iridescent blue lips.
Stick this in Thailand or Bali, and Australians would be fighting over themselves to get here.
It's centrally located, a great place to hang out and good value.
An overnight train trip to Brisbane is reminiscent of a business class flight.
Brisbane International proves you don't need fancy shops or the big-name restaurants.
It does its job, with few major headaches. More importantly, it is less than an hour away from beachy paradise.
Australia's sunshine state is a perfect holiday destination for any type of traveller of any age. From the Daintree Rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef, from the Gold Coast to the Whitsundays, Queensland will put a big smile on any face. Whether you enjoy swimming, diving, trekking, cruising or exploring natural wonders, this is the place to kick off your shoes, relax and create lifetime memories.